Two weeks felt so so long I can't believe this hahaha. I haven't seen my parents for a month too! They left to travel around Europe and I left for the trip before they came back.
Never thought I would be this homesick during the trip to be frank. I thought that I've lived in poor living conditions before so I have no problem in doing it once more. Then I realized poor living conditions and dodgy-ness are two distinct things. I've experienced the former but not quite the latter. This was my first backpack trip and although I've researched quite a bit and tried to be well prepared, there were still many things that caught me off guard especially when the cities I've visited are the top tourist spots and people there were so skilled at scamming. Having a mediocre travel companion didn't help much in making me feel more comfortable in foreign places, in fact it even ruined a big part of my experience when he proved to be a bad traveling buddy near the end.
Don't even know if I should talk about this hahah.
Anyways, I was homesick as hell, the most extreme one I've experienced yet. Hard to believe isn't it!! Even when I left home for a month for youth exchange at the young age of 17, when I was in national service at age 18 or when I traveled alone for 5 weeks two years ago I did not feel as homesick. Quite a bit of the unpleasant things happened in the trip that made me feel so helpless and upset. Again, presence of my traveling buddy didn't help. Instead my friends who are so far away did! I am so grateful to have my mom, Brandon, Vinc and Nick to talk to me everyday.
Still..there were happy moments. Many things were so eye opening for me I felt very thankful that I could afford to travel around like that :) Definitely learnt a good deal of lessons through this trip, first is to choose a good travel companion. This one is so important!!
Second one is the most unexpected one to me....................
to treasure my parents.
ahahah sounds so dramatic like I was away for years and came back from concentration camp or war or something HAHAHA. But I've seen so many things in this trip..third world countries' cities are dodgy as hell it made me feel so scared. In this trip my dollars got stolen which resulted in my destitution for the remaining of the trip. Ok not so exaggerating la destitution wtf HAHAH but I ran out of money so bad. And I got detained at Laos border and was forced to bribe my way through with all my Thai bahts. Happened when I haven't even stepped into Thailand, which means, I had no cash when I entered Thailand. I felt super helpless and stressful. I didn't want to make my parents worry so I only told them when I've settled everything. Talking to them made me want to cry even more though. Mom was constantly checking on me and dad even arranged his secretary who was in Bangkok as the same time as I to pass me some cash(though I didn't go and get it la).
I felt so loved at the same time felt sorry for my parents for having a child like me LOL.
Its surprising that I only realized this in the trip - home is always the best. While walking alone on the street so many times I wanted to cry when I thought of my parents. I missed them so much!
Dad hugged me and said:''你看你，没有吃东西变到酱瘦了。'' I've heard this so many times, he said this everytime I came back from my stubborn adventures hahahah.
Mom said:"现在你回来了终于可以放心了。之前每天担心aiyo." T.T
I am just so glad to be home!!
My parents are probably the happiest cos I finally learnt to treasure home LOLOL
I am quite upset that I need to leave again in three days time.